Setting up your house for success.
Living with young human beings could be overwhelming sometimes. It feels like stuff just appears like magic everywhere, and you never finish cleaning up … Don’t worry it won’t be forever. If you set up your house for success it will help to make it a little easer and a teaching opportunity for your children.
Children love to be part of the process, so make sure you involve them picking out elements they want to decorate and adjust to their needs. Here are some tips before you start:
Try to put their belongings at their level so children can reach them and items are accessible for your children when they need stuff. (Example: hooks for jackets next to the door, a drawer in the kitchen designated for them so they can grab a cup or plate to make themselves a snack, clothes at their level in their closet so they can get dressed all by themselves ).
This is your call, but I suggest minimalist as much as you can. Children really don’t need much, one Jacket is enough for the whole winter I promise they don’t need 3 or 4. Plus, too many choices make a longer “getting out the door” process. The same with shoes (my children own one pair of tennis shoes and one pair of snow boots for the winter and they are still alive :))
The same with toys. Too many toys make it very hard to clean up and it is overwhelming for the whole family. Plus, things they don’t have - they can create. Making things builds focus, concentration and keeps them entertained. Building also works their motor skills and makes them use their imagination.
Young children are still practicing on focusing for long periods of time (we want to encourage that). They want to be entertained, so here are some ideas to have in the house …